Monday, October 20, 2014

The Head Of The Charles Regatta at 50: Still Looking Very Good—Maybe Better Than Ever?

Fall rowing at its best (Photo by Alfredo Montenegro/courtesy Long Beach Junior Crew)
Arguably the world's greatest head race lived up to its billing in Boston, as elite athletes, top-tier college programs, and junior and masters teams from across the U.S. and beyond gathered along the banks of the Charles last weekend. Not only did we see a first-ever multi-Great Eight field in the Men's Championship Eight, but also more falling records, and hometown athletes making good on their promise before family, friends, and fans. And, our picks and predictions got put to the ultimate test—here's how it all turned out.

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Head Of The Charles: Picks and Predictions, and What's Hott in Boston This Weekend

Eliot Bridge, Charles River (Photo: B. Kitch)

The 50th Head Of The Charles is, well, a big deal. That much is obvious from looking at the entries in the Championship events—rowing stars and Olympic medalists abound, not to mention a host of the top collegiate programs from across the country, and across the pond. So, naturally, we feel obligated to shoot our mouths off about what's going to happen over the weekend—here's hoping we're better at predicting the outcome in rowing than ESPN is at picking winners in baseball. Here we go.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First Looks at the Men's and Women's Scullers Great Eights in Boston

This very short clip (thanks to Sean Wolf), and the tweets below, are among the emerging evidence that the scullers Great Eights are on the scene in Boston, and already prepping for the main event on Sunday. The difference for these crews is that, of course, they'll be racing in various lineups on Saturday as well. Advantage sweepers? Maybe—picks and predictions for the weekend coming up shortly here on RR. In the meantime, here's a refresher on all the Great Eight lineups.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RR x 4: The First Four Years at RowingRelated

The original sketch for the RR logo design (Photo: B. Kitch)

Amidst the flurry of activity leading up to the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta, RowingRelated turned four over the weekend. I wanted to take a second to acknowledge that, and say thanks. When I first began this site on October 11, 2010, I had no idea the places it would take me, or how much it would grow—not only has it kept me connected to the sport I love, but, more importantly, it has kept me connected to the people who love rowing.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Video: Men's Sweep Great Eight's Monday 'Battle Paddle' with Harvard Crew

Just in case you're not already wearing your race uniform for the upcoming weekend in Boston, this video offers further reason to get excited. A few of the world's best athletes have already started to gather along the Charles River (that is, a few of the world's best that aren't already competing for Boston-based collegiate rowing programs), and among their number is the elite sweep crew—the Great Eight of international sweep rowing athletes—that is getting set to take on a very tough field in the Men's Championship Eight at the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta.

For more info on this crew, see our posts with the first published images of the crew in training, and our overview of all the Great Eights that will be in action this year. Also, while most eyes will be glued to the crew in the foreground, the Harvard eight is moving along very nicely as well—another crew to watch this weekend, having edged France last year, just two seconds back of the race winners from the Netherlands.

And, while you're sorting out your race kit for the weekend, here's a little inspiration from our friends across the pond: